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Social Media an Introduction

Introduction to a few social media tools for education

Fiona Harvey

on 20 April 2016

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Allows you to visually store web pages on topics of your choice. You can either set up your topic and choose where you would like to get your resources from (Twitter, Google news, Google blogs etc) or you can add your own links as you browse the web. There is the option to create your own post or you can edit the ones you have found to give your own perspective.

Educational uses:

This is great to use with students, they create topics and edit their own content. Nice thing about this is that you can suggest links to ‘scoop’ and then follow their topics as well. It’s very visual and easy to use. Groups can collaborate as well. Its called the 'online magazine publisher'

Digital literacies skills: Content curation, critical thinking, information literacy

Great ways of making sure people can find what you have written or comments you have made about a topic, is to use a # (hashtag). The # allows your tweet to be found amongst the millions of tweets happening all the time.

Adam Field in iSolutions has set up a wonderful Twitter tool to archive tweets.
Also cool tool called Topsy analytics http://analytics.topsy.com/ for looking at your tweets

Educational uses:

Excellent way of linking with your students and getting feedback from them (and for you to share links about topics under discussion) Use a # for your class (ie #UOSM2008) Let them know what you would like them to do, and then show them that you will respond to their tweets.

Students could set up their own accounts for University, that way they can tweet professional and on a more casual basis to their own account. The choice is theirs.

Tip: have someone with you in class if you want to use a #for feedback. That way you can concentrate on your lecture and the person with you can alert you to a tweet that you might be interested in. Alternatively, you may let your class know that you will respond after the lecture. You could summarise the tweets for the class in Storify (a tool to pull together anything relating to a specific # that has been posted on the web).

Useful links

http://mashable.com/category/twitter/ - gives list or articles on its site relating to Twitter usage

Digital Literacies:
Fiona Harvey
Education Development Manager
Centre for Innovation in Technologies and Education
Works across the University with academics and students supporting the adoption of technology to enhance student experience. Leader of the Digital Literacies strand of CITE. Set up and manages the Digital Literacies Student Champions. She is Chair of the Digital Literacies Special Interest group.


Google Docs are a great way to have real-time interaction and provide a way of allowing your students to actively participate in your class.

You can create most Office type documents (spread sheets, PowerPoint and Word) these are held online in your ‘Drive’ and you can share them with as many or as few people as you’d like.

Instead of one person taking notes in a class, everyone can collaborate on the same page, gaining insights that they may have missed. They can also add links to web pages mentioned in discussions, add images etc.

Educational uses: for collaboration between groups; shareable documents and recorded sessions (where you may have used the whiteboard in the past you creating a document and ask students to use this for the sessions.

For example, instead of using a flip chart and writing down comments from your class, you can set up a document for everyone to add to.
Have the document showing to the class. Put students into groups and set up the document ahead of time. Ask each group to investigate (via the web and discussions) a topic or idea and they add to the page in front of you. As you ask each group about their comments, they can still add to the page to clarify points raised. The class can see who is adding comments.
This needs you to have a Gmail account (you can create one for professional use)
http://prezi.com/learn/ Everything you need to know about
Flash based presentation software on the web. Prezis are useful for creating non-linear presentations. You may zoom in and out, include much more information in one place than you would in Powerpoint. It seamlessly adds media, negating the need to save images to a folder and then insert them. With careful planning, you can create a really nice presentation.
Educational uses
Sharing. Groups of students can work on a presentation at the same time from anyway. Useful if you are at a distance (Malyasia for example). They are web based and work on mobile devices.
Social Media for

This session will focus on:
Active learning
Deep learning
development of skills
enhancing learning
Range of skills and reasons for engaging in Social Media for education
Information literacy
engagement with peers
access to research networks
develops digital footprint
allows collaboration
What is social media?
'Interactive social exchange of ideas and information using web 2.0 technologies; can be mobile or other'
Famous for being a mini-blogging tool (or micro) it can be used to create your very own Personal Learning Network (PLN) You can choose to follow people who are interested in the same things as you are; link with people who you meet at conferences, share ideas etc. A good use of Twitter is to promote your own Blog. Once you have written a post (and especially if you have already set up your network of like-minded individuals) you can add value to your network by providing your insights.
'Hoffman (2009) argues that case studies demonstrate “multiple benefits for using SNS [social networking software], including, retention, socialization, collaborative learning, student engagement, sense of control and ownership” (p.3), along with a list of other perks for students and instructors.' (Rodriguez, 2011) http://jolt.merlot.org/vol7no4/rodriguez_1211.htm
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